Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $72K annually nationwide. Total cash earnings of Computer Hardware Engineers range from $41K on the low end to $113K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Computer Hardware Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,776 - $110,418

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$11.84 - $35.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,776 - $110,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,398  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
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$40,829 - $113,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $75.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,398  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,829 - $113,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 32 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. Most people experienced in C also know Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Hardware Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. On average, Computer Hardware Engineers make $93K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $107K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 32%


Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C
up arrow 3%

C++
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National Average
$71,000

Java
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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